May 6th, 2008
11:42 AM ET
12 years ago

Polls: Clinton and Obama each in store for a win?

 Clinton is ahead in Indiana while Obama is up in North Carolina.

Clinton is ahead in Indiana while Obama is up in North Carolina.

(CNN) - As voters go to the polls in Indiana and North Carolina, an average of the latest surveys in both states suggests there will be a split decision between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in their battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

A CNN Poll of Polls in North Carolina out Tuesday morning indicates Obama is ten points ahead of Clinton, 51 percent to 41 percent, with eight percent undecided. That’s up by two points from our poll of polls Monday. Obama had been up by double digits until this weekend, when the race in North Carolina tightened up a bit.

The CNN Poll of Polls in Indiana suggests that Clinton up by four points, 48 percent to 44 percent, with eight percent unsure. The race in Indiana had been a dead heat until Clinton opened up a small lead in Monday’s poll of polls.

The CNN poll of polls is an average of the latest surveys in each state. Since it is a compilation of multiple surveys, there is no sampling error.

187 delegates are at stake as voters in Indiana and North Carolina cast ballots. It is the largest catch of delegates left this primary season, which ends with the Montana and South Dakota primaries on June 3. Going into Tuesday’s contests, Obama holds a lead over Clinton in delegates won, states won, and the popular vote (excluding Florida and Michigan, which broke party rules by moving their contests up to January) and in primary and caucus victories so far this year.

soundoff (383 Responses)
  1. tina

    Come on Indiana and North Carolina! Get out there and vote! And vote for the candidate with America as its best interest!

    Go Obama!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Val

    Even if Barack loses Indiana (which is expected), all he has to do is win North Carolina and that will give him enough delegates to finally put him within range to be nominated(with the help of superdelegates).

    HALF the number of current undecided Super-delegates endorsements could end this race tomorrow, if Barack only wins just one state.

    He is victorious whether he wins only ONE or both states today.

    May 6, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. John, IN

    Obama has an unshakable strong black voter base in NC. So he should win there.

    May 6, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Jay Shah

    It is quite evident that Hillary has no path to the nomination. Even if she wins all the rest of the contests, she would need something like 65-70% of the supers to swing her way. Lets get real, superdelegates will not over turn the will of the people and it would tear apart the democratic party.

    May 6, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Steve

    Republicans in Indiana are coming out in record numbers and voting for Hillary Clinton. I hope the Superdelegates take note and not let the Repulicans, who will vote for McCain, decide our nominee.

    May 6, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. fred

    Go Hillary!!

    May 6, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Herman in LA

    I wish the media would stay out of polling and let the voters vote. I hate the media and the way it reports news.

    May 6, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. liv, ct

    Hillary, both states. Wish for, want for, believe in Hillary.
    More than others.

    May 6, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. RB

    If Obama wins NC, its over. He might not be able to close, but she can't win! That is of course, until she does a back room deal to get the Michigan and Florida votes – but why follow the rules?
    When that happens watch the millions of young voters that have come to the Democrats because of Obama flee politics altogether.

    May 6, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. SV

    I am dying to see Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore endorse Obama.

    I am sure they are not pro clintons if that was the case they would have easily come out and endorsed Clinton.

    Poor Obama always gets poor publicity from CNN. Inspite of he getting 4 endorsements (Super delegates) CNN didnt bother to report. But they promptly report if some Nascar driver or Barber in the Indiana downtown endorses Clinton.

    May 6, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Doug in Ontario Canada

    how can you even consider Clinton running for president. Whitewater comes to mind. People going to jail instead of testifying at the hearings was the probably the only reason nothing came from it. How can you trust her. The question is real. Now she even wants to change the rules counting delegates to be sure of a win. How fast you forget.

    May 6, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. mama4obama

    HOPE for the future

    OBAMA 08

    May 6, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Terry in Fl

    Go to Obama's board. Read his wife's thesis from Princeton. She has been planning this for 20 years, before marrying Obama. She's a radical, extremist racist who;'s life goal was to get a black into office and empower the black race. Read it for yourself. Obama and all of his supporters have been manipulated by a radical.

    May 6, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Bye Bye Hillary

    Go Obama!!

    May 6, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Joe at Boston College

    No sampling error?

    What are you talking about? Sampling a selection of polls can tend to average out error, but you can never statistically say you have eliminated the error of all the polls just by sampling a bunch of them and averaging.

    May 6, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Chut Pata

    Hillary should have considered the following facts and dropped out earlier:

    Indiana: 72 tied to May 6 primary, 13 superdelegates. Hillary leads by a mere 4 points (it was dead even a couple of weeks early)
    NC: 115 tied to May 6 primary, 19 superdelegates. Obama leads by 10 points.

    What is Hillary expecting? Is it "I can't win so I won't let you win"?

    May 6, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. anonymous

    Hillary Clinton is doing a lot of damage to the democratic party by staying longer in the race and taking shots at Obama. Given the 140+ delegate lead and only a few states left, her chances are pretty close to zero. She should take the high road, come out of the race, unify the party and help her party win. It is time for her to see the big picture and think of the overall party and country and not think just about herself only.

    May 6, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. fred

    CNN is pulling for Obama and has been for over a year... yesterday at lunch I was watching an interview and instead of having someone on from both sides to debate an issue...they were both for Obama...All of the panels are 3 to 1 for Obama!!

    Hope Hillary kicks but today... tickle me if she would surprise everyone and win both states...although there are too many blacks in NC.

    Will CNN be eating their words...I sure hope so!!

    May 6, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Demhypocrisy

    You can't statistically average different polls. There are different factors, sample rates, and standard deviations. To average them out is irresponsible

    May 6, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Nick - Arlington, VA

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. James

    Time for the real candidate to end this(Obama) and time for the panderer to go home. This isn't the 90s Clinton, this is a global society now if you want to get anything done, time for you to step aside.

    May 6, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Jack Johnson

    When did the USA turn into a "Fluff and Farce" Country? Where are there strong truly "public servants"? Obama talks about "from the bottom to the top" (pointing to the audience when he says bottom).
    Who the hell does he think he is? He's the Public Servant – he is on the bottom -
    They need to go back and take a look at Harry Truman's life and live like he did – a REAL MAN showing what a public servant it.

    May 6, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Ted van Tol

    CNN have made his own redicules in the whole world.
    Do you think that we are idiots outside America?

    Just say you are for Clinton we knew that a long time
    every day we can see that within details. (suggestive titels
    and foto's)

    It 's a real shame and CNN is looking like a Joker
    all over the world and made herself not serius anymore.

    Still we have hope that the American people look trough this
    and vote for Obama.
    He will be the most loved President ever!

    Obama for President! The hope off the world!

    Ted van Tol The Netherlands

    May 6, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Rob - WA

    Should Hillary get the nomination I will be first in line at my local votor registration office to switch parties. Sorry but I will do it if it means casting my vote to keep her OUT of the WH. All you Clinton supporters must have 5th grade educations or something.... simply amazing. Says a lot for what has happened to the US.

    May 6, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. lyn-nj

    Hillary will WIN INDIANA. Obama will win NC with a small margin-not 25%.

    May 6, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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